Dear Friends and Family:
As Cinco de Mayo events take place all over the United States, celebrating Mexico’s historic victory against a superior French military force, a movement is taking place in Washington, D.C. to remove the early Colonial Spanish contributions of Father Junipero Serra from public view.
A statue of Father Serra is in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. A resolution was approved by the Senate Governmental Organization Committee. There is an article in the May issue; the last item under the United States.
Evidence of the early historic Spanish colonial period is seriously lacking in Washington, D.C.. The statue has been in place since 1931. The suggestion is to replace it with a statue of Los Angeles astronaut Sally Ride. It seems that a better location for a statue of Sally Ride would be in the Space Museum.
I hope we can hold on to any evidence of our Spanish/Indigenous ancestor’s historic presence in the United States, particularly in the Washington, D.C. area, and build on it, rather than see it slowly disappear. AS the Latino population increases, our future needs to know our past.
God bless America, Mimi
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